Rating: 2 stars
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Five years after losing his sight in an automobile accident and then losing his fiancé, Prescott Vaughan turned his career as a world renowned chef into that of a most respected food critic. But his life remains lonely. His girlfriend is obviously using him for his money and his best friend has found the love of his life. When Prescott meets Rickson Edwards, his new neighbor, he hopes his loneliness will flee.
Ric noticed Pres weeks ago, but never found the right time to introduce himself. When a chance meeting brings Ric and Pres together, an easy friendship sparks. But Ric’s attraction is more than platonic and he’s disheartened to discover Pres is involved with a woman, although he doesn’t let that stifle his attraction, nor does he hide his attraction from Pres.
After Pres’s girlfriend humiliates him in public, Ric is there to pick up the pieces, diving head first into a relationship. Their feelings develop quickly even though Pres suspects Ric thinks he’s weak or pities him for his blindness. When Pres sets out to prove he can take care of himself, he steps across boundaries he wasn’t aware of, unintentionally pushing Ric away.
Alone once again, Pres turns to an escort service to help stave his loneliness, even if only for one night. Blair McKenzie is an aspiring chef paying his way through school by working as an escort. He admires Pres and sees him for the man he is. Befriending Pres is easy, competing with a lost love is not.
When Ric wants his place back at Pres’s side, he’ll stop at nothing to get there. But facing Pres’s relationship brings jealousies and, surprisingly, desires he hadn’t expected. But when Pres is injured, will the three men be able to look past their pettiness and see the possibilities of a future before fighting and jealousy tear them apart for good?
I don’t even know where to start. This story, at its barest, is a decent story. Boy meets boy. Boy falls in love with boy. Boy pushes boy away. Boy meets another boy. First boy gets jealous. It’s not a bad base. But the execution is poor all around.
First off, the characters’ lives, their hobbies, and their coincidences are over the top. It’s so extravagant it’s unbelievable and comes off cheesy. I wanted to like the guys. I mean, who doesn’t love a blind guy finding the love of his life in doctor and also an escort turned top-of-his-class chef? But I want to be able to see these characters as real people. What I saw was Prescott, a whiny, lonely, self-pitying man who will do anything to feel some sort of normalcy. I saw Rickson, a man who wants to help so badly but can’t move beyond the trauma and hurts in his past to find what is staring him in the face until someone else has what he wants. Blair was probably the most likable character and I think it’s only because his POV wasn’t given in this book.
I wasn’t feeling the relationships. Pres and Ric’s relationship happened quickly without much pause. I think my biggest issue was Pres’s immediate acceptance of the relationship with Ric. For a man who’d always considered himself straight even though he’d “experimented” in college, he was quick to accept being in an out and proud relationship with another man. And even in their coupling, I didn’t get the connection between them. They were both overly needy and mushy. It was over the top. Then the relationship between Blair and Pres just kind of happened without any on-page building. Enter Ric into that relationship and it’s confusing. I didn’t get it and I certainly didn’t feel the connection between the three men together.
The story itself was unbelievable. I don’t want to give away the ending, but it’s over the top. Then there are holes and unanswered questions. And the lack of resolution with the hospital situation was disappointing. The lack of fact checking was annoying, in particular the medical protocol in this story. There’s no way ER staff, much less a physician, would use alcohol (especially alcohol soaked cotton balls) anywhere near an open wound. Ever. I honestly had a hard time reading this story. If I hadn’t been reading this book for review, I’d have stopped reading early on.
My biggest issue with this book was the writing and editing. The writing is all “telling.” He did this. He did that. They went here. He sat there. I felt no connection to the story or the characters because, unfortunately, the author’s words failed to create any type of picture. But the most distracting was the lack of editing. Every Kindle page held errors that would have been easy to overlook had there been fewer, but it was impossible as the book stands.
I tried to, wanted to like this book, but every corner I turned with these characters was just something distracting, confusing, strange, or unbelievable to add to a growing pile of reasons that the book just wouldn’t work for me. Unfortunately, I will not be recommending this book.